I Am Cuba
(NR) Cuba/Soviet Union – 2 hr 21 min – with subtitles
1964 · d. Mikhail Kalatozov
Starring Luz María Collazo, José Gallardo, Raúl García, Sergio Corrieri
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Narrated by "the voice of Cuba," this series of tales moves from Havana’s swinging nightlife to its urban street protests to the rural cane fields, painting a delirious vision of the island and its people in the days before the 1959 revolution. Rescued from obscurity in the early '90s with the help of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, I Am Cuba
wowed audiences with its phantasmagoric direction and acrobatic camerawork, leading critic Terrence Rafferty to exclaim, "They're going to be carrying ravished film students out of the theater on stretchers."
Shown in conjunction with the film course Celluloid Cities II: International Cityscapes, this screening will be introduced by the course's instructor, Paul Wright, Ph.D.
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